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Kim Weaver's Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

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Kim Weaver has provided voters with clear stances on key issues by responding to the 2016 Political Courage Test.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Iowa Congressional Election 2016 Political Courage Test

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Candidate Answer
Official Position: Candidate had the Political Courage to address this issue directly.
Inferred Answer
Inferred Position: Candidate refused to address this issue directly, but Project Vote Smart inferred this issue position based on the candidate's public statements, voting record, and evaluations from special interest groups.
Unknown Answer
Unknown Position: Candidate refused to address this issue.
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Other or Expanded Principles & Legislative Priorities are entered exactly as the candidate has submitted it. Project Vote Smart does not edit for misspelled words, punctuation or grammar.

Pro-choiceCandidate AnswerDo you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoIn order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending?
YesCandidate AnswerIn order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you support the regulation of indirect campaign contributions from corporations and unions?
Other or expanded principles
NoDo you support capital punishment for certain crimes?
YesDo you support alternatives to incarceration for certain non-violent offenders such as mandatory counseling or substance abuse treatment?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
YesDo you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation?
Other or expanded principles

The tax incentives would need to be backed up by real job creation that manifest in jobs that pay a living wage and promote economic growth.

Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
YesDo you support increased regulations on the hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") industry?
Other or expanded principles
YesDo you believe that human activity is contributing to climate change?
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you generally support gun-control legislation?
Other or expanded principles
NoCandidate AnswerDo you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
Other or expanded principles
NoInferred Answer Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations
  • "We must move toward a realistic path towards citizenship that welcomes immigrants who are currently making positive contributions to our economy, identifies and punishes those who are not, and works to create policies that monitor immigrants who wish to enter the U.S. in the future." http://www.weaverforcongress.com/issues/immigration-policies/ (www.weaverforcongress.com)
  • "We need to create immigration reform that allows immigrants a path towards citizenship." https://www.facebook.com/weaverforcongress (www.facebook.com)
Other or expanded principles
YesCandidate AnswerDo you support same-sex marriage?
Other or expanded principles
Unknown PositionInferred Answer Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support? View Citations
  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Should the U.S use military force in order to prevent governments hostile to the United States from possessing a nuclear weapon?
Other or expanded principles

It is impossible to answer this question with a simple yes or a no. It would depend on the level of hostility, immediacy of the threat, and the level of military force in question.

NoCandidate AnswerDo you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
Other or expanded principles
Spending
Indicate what federal spending levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Agriculture
Maintain Statusb) Arts
Maintain Statusc) Defense
Slightly Increased) Education
Slightly Increasee) Environment
Maintain Statusf) Homeland Security
Maintain Statusg) International aid
Slightly Increaseh) Medical Research
Slightly Increasei) Scientific Research
Maintain Statusj) Space exploration
Maintain Statusk) United Nations
Slightly Increasel) Welfare
m) Other or expanded categories
Taxes
Indicate what federal tax levels (#1-6) you support for the following general categories. Select one number per category; you can use a number more than once.
Slightly Increasea) Capital gains taxes
Slightly Increaseb) Corporate taxes
Slightly Decreasec) Small business taxes
Maintain Statusd) Excise taxes (alcohol)
Maintain Statuse) Excise taxes (cigarettes)
Maintain Statusf) Excise taxes (transportation fuel)
Slightly Decreaseg) Income taxes (low-income families)
Slightly Decreaseh) Income taxes (middle-income families)
Slightly Increasei) Income taxes (high-income families)
Slightly Increasej) Inheritance taxes
Maintain Statusk) Payroll taxes
l) Other or expanded categories
Please explain in a total of 100 words or less, your top two or three priorities if elected. If they require additional funding for implementation, please explain how you would obtain this funding.

Because student loan debt has the potential to cause a national financial crisis, I would implement a long-term volunteer program that would result in student loan deferment and forgiveness. The cost to cover would come indirectly through increased economic stimulus as well as a decrease in costs for the programs they volunteer through.

There are few people who can afford to cover the increasing costs of Long-Term Care. In the end, many require the assistance of Medicaid to pay for their care. I would expand Medicare to cover permanent stays in Long-Term Care through a slight FICA increase.

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